A new German dictionary of Quenya and Sindarin
- View SourceI bought last week a new book in German by W. Krege, the translator of
LOTR into German; he has done a new translation of the book.
His book, or should I shay the booklet (it is very small in size) bears on the
cover "Elbisches Wörterbuch nach J.R.R. Tolkien" but inside it is "Elbisches
Wörterbuch Quenya und Sindarin" with a »Kregisch-Elbisch« title "Eldarin
parmaquettaron Quenya ar Sindarin"(!). It is the worst book ever published so
far about Quenya and Sindarin.
In the Quenya and the Sindarin word listed most of the accents are gone...
_soval phare_ (sic) is listed as a Q. word (p. 176)
_tiëlyanna_ (sic) is translated as "bis zum Ende" ['until the end'] and
_Anar caluva tiëlyanna_ (sic), is "die Sonne möge dir bis zum Ende scheinen"
['may the Sun shine upon you until the end']; _tielyanna_ is of course
"tie-lya-nna", e.g. 'upon your road'. _Tie_ is (more or less) rightly translated
p. 188 "Weg, Strasse".
A few "new words" have been invented by W. Krege too as : _nótengolmo_
Mathematiker and _nótecenta_ Mathematik (p. 149). He missed the epesse of
Quennar "Onótimo", which means maybe lit. one who gathers numbers,
e.g. "Mathematician"(?). _Mar-nu-Falmar_ is said to be Sindarin (p. 149).
dacil is Q. & S. Sieger ['victor'] (p. 78)
A very amateurish work to say the least. I hope that the fellow German
members of this list will pass this post on to their German and Austrian
"Elbishe-fans" so as to be informed about this "Unförmig-Elbisches-
[So far as I can recall, this is the first review we've had on this list. I just want
to note that such reviews are definitely on-topic, so long as the subjects of
the review have something to do with the scholarly study of Tolkien's languages
-- even if only by implicit claim -- and so long as the reviews are objective
and provide examples to back up characterizations. Also, I've provided the
German translations above; sorry if I botched any of them! CFH]